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Napoleon at Waterloo Review


The Battle of Waterloo is perhaps the best known battle in history. The time is 18 June 1815. The Duke of Wellington’s armies are drawn to defend the road to Brussels. Napoleon’s superior French forces begin their assault. Can the British thin red line hold until the Prussian army arrives to fall upon Napoleon’s flanks?

A simple introductory wargame.

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La Berezina 1812 (A Video Review)

La Bérézina 1812

The Berezina 1812 focus on the batlles fought by the remnants of Napoleon “Grande Armée” against several Russian armies, in order to cross Berezina river between Borissov and Velesovo, at Stoudenka.

The Berezina 1812 is the 35th battle of the Jours de Gloire series.

Napoléon, Ney, Oudinot and Victor are at the head of the French. Tchitchagov, Wittgenstein, Ermolov, Lambert and Phalen are the mains Russians leaders.

The French player has to build bridge and cross the river under the pressure of the Russian player.

The game features special rules around “trainards” (stragglers) and building bridges. The game includes 5 one day scenarios and 1 two days secanrio, from November 21 to November 29 1812.

~ Canons en Carton


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Fuentes de Onoro (A Video Review)

Fuentes de Onoro 1811 focus on the last events of the fight between Masséna and Wellington in Portugal and Spain. It includes three battles: Foz do Arouce, Fuentes de Oñoro and El Bodon 1811 which are thus be the 32nd, 33rd and 34th battles of the series.

The game is also the 6th entry in the Vae Victis Wargame Collection. The main battle, Fuentes de Oñoro, has an A2 map and the two smaller ones have A3 maps. The game include 216 counters and markers.

Foz do Arouce, 15th March 1811
The fight took place just after Redhina and Casal Novo but before Sabugal and Fuentes de Onoro, as Wellington followed Massena out of the lines of Torres Vedras. It included two popular British divisions, the 3rd and the Light. The French under Ney held a ridge with a river behind it that was crossed by a single bridge. The French ridge on their left was much higher than the one on the right. In the centre there was a gap of about 200 yards, occupied by the village of Foz d’Arouce. Some companies of the 95th rifles penetrated down a hollow road there, almost unopposed, quite close to the bridge. The rest of the Light division held Marchand in a frontal fight on the French right. Half of Mermet’s division on the French left faced the 3rd Division. The 39th lost its eagle in the river as they tried to cross a deep ford below the bridge, and many men were drowned.

Fuentes de Oñoro, 3rd to 5th May 1811
On the 3rd of May, Masséna launched a frontal assault against the British-Portuguese pickets holding the barricaded village, while subjecting the British-Portuguese on the heights east of the village to a heavy artillery bombardment. The village was the centre of the fighting for the whole day, with French soldiers of Ferey’s and Marchand’s divisions clashing with the British redcoats of the 1st and 3rd Divisions. May 4 saw little combat. Both sides recovered from the ferocity of the previous day of fighting and reconsidered their options and battle plans. A French reconnaissance revealed that Wellington’s right flank was weakly held by a unit of partisans near the hamlet of Pozo Bello. Action began again at dawn on the 5th of May. Wellington had left the 7th Division exposed on his right flank. Masséna launched a heavy attack on the weak British-Portuguese flank, led by Montbrun’s dragoons and supported by the infantry divisions of Marchand, Mermet and Solignac. Right away, two 7th Division battalions were roughed up by French light cavalry. This compelled Wellington to send reinforcements to save the 7th Division from annihilation. This was only achieved by the efforts of the Light Division and the British and King’s German Legion cavalry. In response, Wellington counterattacked with units from the 1st and 3rd Divisions, plus the Portuguese 6th Caçadores. Led by the 88th Connaught Rangers Foot, this effort broke Drouet’s attack and the tide began to turn. Low on ammunition, the French had to resort to the bayonet in a futile attempt to drive the British back. Drouet launched a second attack on the town. This time it was led by three battalions of converged grenadiers from IX Corps. With their old-fashioned bearskin hats, the grenadiers were mistaken for the Imperial Guard. Again, the British fell back. Drouet threw in about half of the battalions from both Conroux and Claparède’s divisions, seizing almost the entire town. The French artillery tried to bombard the new British line into submission, but they were outgunned by Wellington’s cannon. Finally, with their artillery ammunition dangerously low, the French attacks came to an end. Wellington’s men entrenched during the evening.

El Bodon 25th September 1811
The fight included a French cavalry force of 2500, against a mixed force of Picton’s 3rd Division consisting of 1000 men, 500 cavalry and two Portuguese batteries. The French attacked in 3 columns of cavalry with a 4th column in reserve, “since only parts of the hillside were open ground suitable for cavalry.” The attack fell upon the isolated part of Wallace’s Brigade covering the road. As the French columns came up the slope they were attacked by Alten’s light cavalry one squadron at a time “with the slope in their favour.” The individual squadrons then rallied behind their supports. The British had to hold on, to allow time for the widely separated parts of 3rd Division to retire.

Fuentes de Onoro 1811 includes:
A 59 x 40 cm map,
216 double-sided die-cut counters and markers,
A color rulebook with scenarios and a player aid.
Units : Regiments and brigades
Map scale : 500 m/hex.
Turn : 120 minutes
Complexity : 6 / 9

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Commands & Colors Napoleonics ( A Video Review)

Commands & Colors: Napoleonics allows you to re-fight epic battles of the Napoleonic era. In this core volume, the focus is on the French and the British, two bitter rivals in the struggle for European preeminence during the time of Napoleon.

As with other games in the Commands & Colors genre, units in both armies can only move and fight when ordered. The command playing cards supply those orders, providing an element of luck that creates a fog of war and presents players with both challenges and opportunities. You must maximize your opportunities by playing your command cards judiciously. How well you handle the diverse units, their weapons, and the terrain, will determine victory.

Core Game Contents
·1 Mounted Battlefield Gameboard
·4 Sheets containing 56 double-sided Terrain Tiles and 2 Infantry in Square tracks
·70 Command cards
·8 Battle dice
·French, British and Portuguese Blocks and Label sheets
·3 National Unit Reference Cards
·1 Rule Book
·1 Scenario Booklet containing 15 battle scenarios

~ GMT Games

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Napoleon’s War II The Gates of Moscow ( A Video Review)

The Napoleon’s War Series are games that give players the French Army of Napoleon against the foes of France from 1796 -1815. Each game includes battles that have their own custom game boards, plastic figures representing the infantry, artillery, and cavalry with counters representing the special units, leaders, etc. Each battle within the game is playable in 1 to 2 hours. The game uses the Hold the Line command action point (CAP) system. Also added is a new optional chit pull system that is ideal for solitaire play. The game highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the different nationalities and units, as well as the various formations of each. The second game in the series is Napoleon’s War Volume II: The Gates of Moscow with custom game boards of Marengo, Austerlitz, Aspern-Essling, and Borodino.

Plastic pieces in blue, white, and green portray the French, Austrian, and Russian armies.

~ Worthington Games

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